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New Directions for Academic Liaison Librarians by Alice Crawford

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Liaison in the wider world: a medical librarian in Malawi

Abstract:

Vicki Cormie, liaison librarian at St Andrews University, joined a team of university academic and administrative staff involved in a long-term project to deliver medical education in Malawi. Her role was to ensure that students had adequate access to print and electronic resources at the library of the Malawian College of Medicine, in Blantyre. Problems of unreliable internet access, the lack of professional library staff, and uncatalogued, out-of-date stock were encountered and solutions to these problems were discussed. The experience offered rich opportunities for liaison with university administration and IT colleagues, as well as with Malawian library staff. Vicki returned ...

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